Emiliano Cortés

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Degradation of thiolate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in ambient conditions and liquid environments seriously limits the fabrication of thiol-based devices. Here, we demonstrate that nanostructured gold exhibits higher resistance to SAM degradation and increased electrochemical stability against thiolate desorption in relation to polycrystalline(More)
Single-molecule (SM) electrochemistry studied by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with high spectral resolution reveals a picture in which the frequency of Raman modes is correlated with the electrochemical process through the interaction with the surface. Previously unexplored phenomena can be revealed by the synergy of electrochemistry and(More)
Over the last three decades, self-assembled molecular films on solid surfaces have attracted widespread interest as an intellectual and technological challenge to chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and biologists. A variety of technological applications of nanotechnology rely on the possibility of controlling topological, chemical, and functional(More)
Nanoplasmonics has recently revolutionized our ability to control light on the nanoscale. Using metallic nanostructures with tailored shapes, it is possible to efficiently focus light into nanoscale field 'hot spots'. High field enhancement factors have been achieved in such optical nanoantennas, enabling transformative science in the areas of single(More)
Coherent control of chemical species in complex systems is always subject to intrinsic inhomogeneities from the environment. For example, slight chemical modifications can decisively affect transport properties of molecules on surfaces. Hence, single-molecule (SM) studies are the best solution to avoid these problems and to study diverse phenomena in(More)
We introduce a plasmonic-semiconductor hybrid nanosystem, consisting of a ZnO nanowire coupled to a gold pentamer oligomer by crossing the hot-spot. It is demonstrated that the hybrid system exhibits a second harmonic (SH) conversion efficiency of ∼3 × 10(-5)%, which is among the highest values for a nanoscale object at optical frequencies reported so far.(More)
The engineering of cavity void metallic arrays allows to vary the plasmon-polariton mode energies from the near infrared to the ultraviolet through the tuning of the void height and diameter, and the selection of the appropriate material. Typically Au nanocavity substrates can be grown with better reproducibility, homogeneity, and stability, while Ag(More)
The adsorption of 4-mercaptopyridine on Au(111) from aqueous or ethanolic solutions is studied by different surface characterization techniques and density functional theory calculations (DFT) including van der Waals interactions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electrochemical data indicate that self-assembly from 4-mercaptopyridine-containing aqueous(More)
Optical printing is a simple and flexible method to bring colloidal nanoparticles from suspension to specific locations of a substrate. However, its application has been limited to the fabrication of arrays of isolated nanoparticles because, until now, it was never possible to bring nanoparticles closer together than approximately 300 nm. Here, we propose(More)
We present all-dielectric gallium phosphide (GaP) nanoantennas as an efficient nanophotonic platform for surface-enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG) and fluorescence (SEF), showing negligible losses in the visible range. Employing single GaP nanodisks, we observe an increase of more than 3 orders of magnitude in the SHG conversion signal in comparison(More)